“You are obese, Mrs. Moriarty.”

So begins author, Diane Barnes novel, MORE THAN. Peggy Moriarty is stunned. She knows she’s let herself go a bit, but she thinks her young, skinny doctor is exaggerating. Her husband’s death fourteen years ago left her to raise their twins, Grace, and Greg, alone. But now that they’re teenagers, doing their own things, her only hobby is watching Messages from Beyond, a show about a medium who connects the grieving with their deceased loved ones.

When the twins leave for college, they give Peggy a gift certificate for an exercise class. At first, Peggy is insulted. But once the sting wears off, she realizes if she gets in shape, she might gain the confidence she needs to go on her favorite TV show and talk to her husband one last time.

With help from her new friends at the gym and Carmen Tavarez, the mother of Grace’s boyfriend, Peggy begins to emerge from her prolonged grief and spread her wings. She may soon discover that her sum is more than a mother, a widow, and her body.

I love the cover and believe it sums up the point of the novel. Becoming something more beautiful than what you start of with. The cover itself is lovely.


How many people get to do what they love? Since I was old enough to hold a pencil, I’ve loved writing. Today,  I’m fortunate enough to have two careers that give me the opportunity to write. By day, I write marketing copy and corporate communications for a company in the healthcare market. After hours I pen fiction.  I’m also a voracious reader and can sit for hours, preferably on a beach or by a pool, devouring good books.

I live outside of Boston with my husband. I don’t talk like a Bostonian, but some people still detect Southern California in my accent from the years I lived there. When I’m not writing or reading, I’m at the gym, running, or playing tennis, trying to burn off the ridiculous amounts of chocolate and ice cream I eat.

We have one ecopy to giveaway. Just tell us about any weight issues you may have had. I’ve been fighting my weight all of my life. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

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31 thoughts on “MORE THAN by Diane Barnes – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

  1. My weight has always been a problem once I hit my 30s. Thyroid problems don’t help, nor menopause, nor eating stuff I shouldn’t be. I’m a big snacker.


  2. I can relate to this book. Like the character, I gained quite a bit of weight during my husband’s illness and following his death. I also had a young child at the time. Have taken most of the weight off with the help of WW and the support of family and friends..


  3. I have been fat shamed all my life. My father and one of my brothers were obese and I got teased and called names. As I coming on my 50th birthday my orthopedic told me I needed to lose 75lbs before he could die knee replacement surgery. I had 80% of my stomach removed, the stomach healed wrong and they had to do a gastric by-pass. I am still heavy but not like I was. I lost 145 lbs and still have more to go. Body dysmorphia is a real hard disorder to overcome. I still see myself at my heaviest. But I am a butterfly growing my wings.


  4. I have had my battles but I’m on track now! I had a trauma that seriously affected my health for awhile, including developing asthma. Once a runner, I could not do so in colder weather so it was easy to fall out and be depressed with no alternative I wanted to try. After several years and a weight gain, I tried a 21 day challenge at Fit Body Bootcamp last Spring. High Intensity Interval Training. It kicked my booty! I stuck with it and became a member & now do it 6 days a week! It’s variety and fun, but not easy. I’ve kept going through a few injuries and lost 30 lbs and the inches and body fat! I love me and the changes I see. It’s worth fighting for!


  5. Age has added weight on me that has become much harder to get rid of. It used to be easy to control. I walk but it doesn’t help the size of my tummy ☹️
    I would enjoy reading this book! Thank you!!


  6. I have always struggled with my weight ever since I was in high school. I have had self esteem issues all my life because of it. No matter how thin I was I still never thought I was skinny enough. My weight has been like a yo yo most of my life. In 2016 I hit an all time high of 180 lbs at 5’5’ and it caused me all kinds of medical problems. I sought out medical doctors for answers to my problem. They couldn’t find anything medically wrong. It wasn’t until I changed my eating habits and lifestyle was I finally able to lose the weight and get better. I lost over 50 lbs. and never felt better. I’ve maintained that weight (give or take 5-10 lbs) for the past 3 years now. I owe the credit to a book called Medical Medium by Anthony William. It changed my entire life!


  7. Used to always be trying to lose five to ten pounds, but since I got older I lost the weight and I’m satisfied


  8. I’ve been a yo-yo. I’ve been thin and I’ve been and am once again heavy. I seem to start out well and when there’s some success I sabotage myself. It doesn’t keep me from trying. I will succeed , one day


  9. I’ve never had any weight issues. I’d like to lose some weight but it’s not a big deal to me. Not enough to give up sweets.


  10. Ah yes, the weight issue. When I was in high school all the girls wore girdles because we thought we had to have totally flat stomachs. Hard to shake those early thoughts.


  11. As the years go by, it is more and more difficult to keep the pounds off. I doesn’t help that I like to bake, and eat it too!


  12. I struggled with my weight all my life and in 1992 I had gastric bypass surgery. I maintained a healthy weight until about three years ago when health issues took me out of work and not being able to as active as I would like I have put on quite a few pounds that I am working on trying to lose again.


  13. I’m 51 years old and I weigh 20 pounds more than when I was 27. I like my weight and how I’ve been getting older. I think the weight is related to your self-esteem, if you feel good about yourself, nobody has to care.
    Send feedback


  14. Weight has been somewhat of a problem since I was a teenager. I had it under control until after my child was born. After that, it became more of a problem, but I’m reining it in.


  15. I have struggled with my weight since I was in my twenties. I have tried many diet programs. My weight usually goes up around the holidays too.


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